CLUTCH AL COSTCO
Alberto Callaspo had a clutch 2 RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning to "break open" a 1-1 tie. This qualifies as an offensive juggernaut for the Angels these days, two runs scoring on a swing of the bat being as foreign to Anaheim as Yosemite Sam hunting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.
Jered Weaver pitched an excellent 8 innings of 1-run baseball, allowing 3 hits, only striking out 4 and walking 2 on a day the plate was fat for Oakland. But it skinnied up by the time Ernesto Frieri took the mound with a two-run lead. The newly-acquired reliever struck out the side for his first save as an Angel.
Recent AAA callup Kole Calhoun was 1 for 4 in his first start in the big leagues. Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been quoted as assuming that Torii Hunter will rejoin the team after the current road trip concludes this Sunday. Hunter is on the restricted list dealing with a family issue as the Halos premiere their 2013 team for a trial run, now 4-4 since the dismissal of longtime batting coach Mickey Hatcher.
The Angels won the series 2-1 from the A's, gain a game on the Rangers and head to Seattle for a four game set under the roof at SafeCo.
PANTHER OF THE GAME
Callaspo (289 votes)
Frieri (60 votes)
Weaver (205 votes)
554 total votes